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- Dr. Sindee L. Simon was named a Fall 2012 Assessment Spotlight Champion by the Texas
Tech University Office of Planning and Assessment.
- Ariana Poindexter, a sophomore chemical engineering major, has been named the recipient of an 2012
Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award. The Sophomore Academic Excellence
Award is presented to the one National AIChE student member in each student chapter
who has attained the highest scholastic grade-point average during his/her freshman
and sophomore years, on recommendation of the Student Chapter Advisor. Poindexter
received free registration for the AIChE Annual Student Conference on October 26-29,
2012 in Pittsburgh, Penn.
- Josh Castilaw, a freshman chemical engineering major, has been named the recipient of an AIChE
Freshman Recognition Award. This award is given to the freshman from each chapter
that becomes the most involved with AIChE.
- Dr. Harvinder Gill is the recipient of a five-year, $2.2 million grant in direct cost from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study an innovative oral vaccine delivery platform.
- Xiguang Li, a graduate student working under the direction of Dr. Greg McKenna, goes to Paris, France, on a nine-month Chateaubriand Fellowship awarded by the French
government. Li will perform research at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) on a joint project between Dr. McKenna and ENSAM faculty Drs. Miquelard-Garnier
and Régnier in the area of forced assembly of polymer nanofilms and graphene-based
nanocomposites. Li joined the graduate program at Texas Tech in 2009 after completing
a B.S. in chemistry at Nanjing University and a M.S. in chemistry at University of
California-Irvine. He is only the second Chinese student ever awarded a Chateaubriand
- Dr. Yingying Chen, a recent graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy in chemical engineering, received
first place in the Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering category of the
Texas Tech University Graduate School's Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Awards competition
for her dissertation titled "An Analysis of Model Parameter Uncertainty on Online
Model-based Applications." Chen's dissertation advisor was Dr. Karlene Hoo.
- Dr. Sindee L. Simon served as the Technical Program Chair for the 40th annual meeting of the North American Thermal Society (NATAS) in Orlando, Florida. At the meeting, she received the NATAS Service Award
acknowledging her service over the years in various capacities, including as president
- Dr. Harvinder Gill is the recipient of a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for his proposal "Pollen Grains as Novel Vaccine−Transporters for Oral Vaccination."
- Dr. Greg McKenna served as the Scientific Chair of the 15th International Conference on Deformation, Yield and Fracture of Polymers, held April 1-5, 2012, Rolduc Abbey, Kerkrade, The Netherlands.
- Rong Xu, supervised by Dr. Ted Wiesner, won second place in the Engineering Division of the 11th Annual Graduate Student
Poster Competition in April. Her research poster entitled, "Dynamic Model of a Solar
Thermochemical Water-Splitting Reactor with Integrated Energy Collection and Storage,"
detailed her work on a novel shell-and tube reactor which can sustain 24/7 hydrogen
production from solar energy.
- Dr. Greg McKenna has been named an Outstanding Referee of the Physical Review and Physical Review
Letters journals, as chosen by the journal editors for 2012.
- Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy has been named a top 15 reviewer for Computers and Chemical Engineering Journal.
- Dr. Micah Green has been awarded a 2011 Mortar Board Senior Honor Society/Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)
Faculty Recognition Award. The Faculty Recognition Award is unique among those offered
from Mortar Board/ODK in that it is based solely on student nominations. Green was
chosen as one of five awardees based on a pool of over ninety applications from a
wide range of departments across Texas Tech University.
- Dr. Greg McKenna begins serving a two-year term as Vice President of the Society ofRheology.
- Dr. Karlene Hoo is an Intergovernmental personnel act (IPA) rotator in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP), in the Directorate of Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She
will serve a two-year appointment starting July 18, 2011. She is the current Program
Director for the Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research program
at the NSF. The Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) program, provides two choices
designed to spur the translation of fundamental research into market-valued solutions,
to encourage public-private partnerships, and to accelerate innovation that results
in the creation of new wealth and the building of strong local, regional, and national
Dr. Sindee L. Simon recognized as a new Texas Tech University Horn Professor.
- Dr. Greg McKenna receives the coveted Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology. "The Society's Bingham
Medal has been awarded annually since 1948 to a resident of the North American Continent
or a member of The Society who has made an outstanding contribution to the science
of rheology. The Society of Rheology is composed of physicists, chemists, biologists,
engineers, and mathematicians interested in advancing and applying rheology, which
is defined as the science of deformation and flow of matter." This Medal will be given
to Professor McKenna in the 81st Annual Meeting, October 18−22, 2009, in Madison, Wisconsin. For more additional information
about Professor McKenna, visit his website.
- Dr. Rajesh Khare an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has won the 3M
Non−Tenured Faculty Grant for 2006. Dr. Khare was one of the 27 awardees selected
by 3M researchers this year. The award is for supporting Dr. Khare's research in the
area of multiscale modeling. Dr. Khare's research group uses the techniques of multiscale
modeling to develop fundamental understanding of physical and chemical processes in
the areas of nanofluidics, biolubrication, polymer thin films, and biofuels.
- Dr. Greg McKenna has been awarded the 2007 Founders Award by the Polymer Analysis Division of the
Society of Plastics Engineers. This award will be given to him at the next ANTEC to
be held in Cincinnati, OH, May 6−10, 2007. There will be a symposium in his honor
at this Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers (ANTEC).
The Award is named in honor of the founders of the Polymer Analysis Division, Tom
Gedemer, Jesse M. Howard III, Alan Riga, and George Schmitt. The Award consists of
a check for $3,000 and a plaque citing the contribution of the recipient.
- Most bioengineering faculty members and some members of polymer and materialsgroup
have relocated their research laboratories to the new $37M Experimental Sciences building